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ECOWAS, EU admonish Legislature to enhance passage of Land Rights Bill

Jos Garneo Cephas-Development Journalist
(Left-Right): EU Head of Cooperation, Albert Menghini and ECOWAS Ambassador to Liberia, A’ Lola Osunlalu addressing a cross section of Civil Society actors including Legislators and concern citizens.
(Left-Right): EU Head of Cooperation, Albert Menghini and ECOWAS Ambassador to Liberia, A’ Lola Osunlalu addressing a cross section of Civil Society actors including Legislators and concern citizens.

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The International Community is urging the Liberian authorities and stakeholders to ensure the passage of the Land Rights Bill  law for lasting peace and development.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Ambassador to Liberia, A’ Lola Osunlalu said: “The need to pass into law the Land Rights Bill, before the Legislature is also an embodiment of the implementation of reconciliation of the UN Security Council’s Peace Building Plan being a key factor to sustaining peace in Liberia.”

Ambassador Osunlalu, noted that land issue and reconciliation are also attached to the UN Security Council’s Peace Building Plan also adopted by Liberia as a member state of the United Nations.

The joint statement  was made by ECOWAS and the European Union representatives in Liberia, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 when the EU launched a  three year 3million Euro Land Rights Project for Liberia, in Monrovia.The EU Land Rights Project for Liberia, is meant to promote and protect Community Land and Tenure Rights for national development over the period.

Some of the CSOs members and ordinary citizens at the launch.

The EU Head ot f Cooperation, AlberMenghini, said: “Land problem around the world and particularly Africa, is not specific to Liberia but is crucial, now that Liberians are going to election. This is a window of opportunity for stakeholders to ensure the Liberian Legislators to pass the Land Rights Bill into law before the October 2017.”

Mr. Menghini said land is probably the number one driver for conflict and therefore,  said caution out to be taken not to deny the people of Liberia the rights to tenure and ownership of land, mostly under Customary Land.

The Commissioner for Planning at the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) Atty. Adams Manobah, said: “There’s a need for stakeholders to collaborate, and coordinate to make sure that only by total participatory cooperation, Customary Land and tenure rights can be secured in Liberia.”

Atty. Manobah has assured of the LLA continues support working with the Legislature and other stakeholders to pass the Land Rights Bill to enhance the implementation of  the government’s land reform as a major pillow to providing peace and tranquility in Liberia.

Members of the Diplomatic Corps and some perminent  citizens in attendance 

The Land Rights Bill which has been reviewed several times and resubmitted to the House for three years before the Legislature, is still pending final approval and passage into law by the lawmakers.

The project being backed by 18 Liberian Civil Society Working Group on Land, is being implemented by Sustainable Development Institute(SDI), a Liberian NGO, a German Private Aid organization, WHH and  the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFORD).

 


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